Keynote and iMovie Issue Resolved

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You may recall that I was trying without any success to save a Quicktime file of a Apple Keynote presentation and then load it into iMovie ’08. The file would be grayed out when I tried to import it.  I found out the correct way to do this! Yes!

When exporting your Quicktime file in Keynote, choose the Large file size. It’s that simple. I imported a logo I made that explodes into confetti. The possibilities are endless!

Kinoki Experiment Videos

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I’ve posted the first 5 videos of the 6 part Episode 8 of the Orville Chomer Show. I get really into the nitty-gritty of my usage of the Kinoki pads. I hope to have the last video part up on YouTube by the end of today! I will also embed these videos right here  on this blog.

Some of the topics covered:

  • I give dates and day counts from when I ordered the Kinoki pads to when I received them.
  • I do an “un-boxing” of the Kinoki pads.
  • I list out the ingredients.
  • I read you the instructions that came with the Kinoki pads.
  • I put a pad on my foot for the first night.
  • The next morning I bring you along to seeing the results as we look at the pad I take off my foot together.
  • Then I do one more time putting the next pad on in the evening and taking it off and looking at the results in the morning.
  • I share with you various thoughts that I’m thinking as I go through this process.

iMovie Issues

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I really like Apple’s iMovie a lot. But there are some real problems that I keep running into. Some of them I can work around. Some of them I just find myself plain stuck!

  • Placing titles on the movie:
    • It many times does not allow me to place titles on the time line like I would like. It will allow me to place at beginning or end but usually not in the middle.
    • When it gets placed on video, the length the title plays is usually way too long and it puts it in the wrong place.
    • I can fortunately drag the title to the right place and change the duration but it is a very tedious thing to do.
  • Sound:
    • It would be nice to extend the fade in or out length to a longer value if desired.
    • It would be nice to be able to adjust the volume in and out on different parts of a sound clip and not have to split things apart outside of iMovie.

Some frustrating things I can’t so far figure out how to work around:

  • I can’t really do any overlaying of video (video playing on top of video with some translucence inside of iMovie).
  • I purchased iWork because of the presentation software (Keynote). I saw that it exports to Quicktime files (which can be imported into iMovie). Unfortunately I found out that iMovie grays out these Quicktime files and I can’t use them! This was really a bummer because a figured out how to create layers of video in Keynote and have it play just like I want it to… If I could just get it to import into iMovie! Arrrgh! That was SOOOO disappointing!  Apple, please make this work! If someone can direct me to software that gets that Quicktime file generated by Keynote into iMovie I will be very grateful!

Kinoki Update

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I’m just getting around to telling you this… sorry… but I did receive my order of Kinoki pads a few days ago. I did some initial testing and video taped the whole thing. I’m in the process of editing the video and have gotten a significant amount of it completed.

So far I’d have to say that I’m not very impressed. I am going to go into more detail on that later.

Amazon Web Services Went Down Today

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My sister told me of her frustration in finding certain information on the internet. She told me how much work she put in digging up the information and how it was too bad that someone didn’t provide a site under said information. “Why don’t we create the site?” I asked her.

We started brain-storming and came up with our idea. I signed up for an Amazon web service. I’m not telling you which one right now because at this point, I want to keep my sister’s and my ideas a secret!

Needless to say, the service going down like that did give me some pause. It also made me think about the design of my site. The whole site will not be on Amazon. The new site will be on my web host and use the Amazon web service in question.  What will happen on my new site if the web service has gone down? I need to take that into consideration.

What information do I cache? Can our users still get some things done on the site if the web service is down?

My Six Sigma Class Begins

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I signed up for a Six Sigma Green Belt course that you take on-line. It officially began February 1st. I just really started getting serious about it last night. I’ve got to get off my mental couch and get cracking!

Tonight is the first “live” class. This will be happening every Tuesday night for the remainder of the course. The rest of the lectures are videos with accompaning slides. The course also came with a thick binder with more information on each module.

I am trying to take notes in a way that the notes could be the starting point for creating my own Six Sigma “prep class” on Chomer.com! It’s just an idea… we will see where this will go!

Wish me luck!

A Little Disappointing

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When I got home last night I was hoping to get at least one item of the three that I am expecting.

  • A DVD for Val’s Art Diary
  • An order of Kinoki Pads
  • A book called “The Da Vinci Method”

But to no avail. Sigh. The book I didn’t really expect since I just ordered it. But I’ve been waiting awhile for the other items.

Doing the Kinoki-Pokie

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I haven’t posted anything new since the first post on the Kinoki pads. I thought I’d give you a quick update.

I did receive an email from them on January 22 telling me that due to a large amount of orders they are behind in shipping out the product.  Here is the content to that email:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your recent order of the Kinoki Detox Foot Pads.

Due to huge demand for this product we are experiencing a slight shipping delay. Your order will be shipped within the next 10-15 business days.

Sincerely,

Customer Service

Kinoki Detox

Well, I can understand that this could happen.

As of February 1, 2008, I am still awaiting my order.

I will keep you posted.

A “Blizzard” Hits Chicago

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There was allot of snow that fell yesterday. And then it stopped. My wife and I were suprised when we woke up this morning and there was a huge amount of new snow on the ground… and it was still snowing!

I helped my wife dig the car out of the snow. Unlike most of our neighbors we don’t have a garage.

Suprisingly for me, the “L” was actually running more efficiently today that it has been running of late!

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